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Upcoming trip to Hershey

Hersheypark: Is any advanced planning necessary?

From Wendy Purdy
Posted August 3, 2006 at 2:34 PM
My husband and I will visit HersheyPark Aug. 16-17 on their preview program. This means we will be in the park for about three hours the evening of the 16 and then all day on the 17. We have never visited the park before, so wondered if anyone had tips or strategy for navigating the park. Or, during the week at this time of year, is a strategy even necessary?


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From Derek Potter
Posted August 3, 2006 at 3:16 PM
strategy really isn't necessary. The layout is pretty random, although most of the kids rides are near the front. I went around this time a couple years ago and I did find myself wishing that I spent more time in the back of the park. The front of the park has all the family and kid rides, and was substantially more crowded than the back of the park. The two best rides in the park...Lightning Racer and Stormrunner, are in the back, as well as Roller Soaker, which sounds really good right about now during the million degree heat wave. Have fun

From Betty Rohrer
Posted August 3, 2006 at 6:52 PM
with the coasters mentioned , I have to get in my fav The Great Bear. As said earlier I would start at the back in the morning. Plan on lots of water if the heat keeps up as it has the last week here in Pa.

From Gareth H
Posted August 4, 2006 at 12:17 AM
Weird Question but genuine one.

Does HersheyLand smell like chocolate? If so does it smell bad like their chocolate?

One day Cadburys will realise that no one likes Hersheys licensed version and break the market on their own.
Then you can have Cadburys Land, and you will be hapy :-)

From Derek Potter
Posted August 4, 2006 at 12:15 PM
The whole town smells like chocolate, it's not a bad overpowering smell, but a nice subtle one. I don't even like chocolate and I thought it smelled good.

From David Kirby
Posted September 1, 2006 at 4:01 PM
Hershey chocolate does not smell bad, and HersheyPARK doesn't really smell like chocolate, but Chocolate World does smell incredible.

From Christy Shuman
Posted September 1, 2006 at 4:05 PM
Has anyone rode the Storm Runner, I might go to HP next year, was just wondering if that was a good ride, and how is Great Bear is it still fun?>

From Wendy Purdy
Posted September 4, 2006 at 3:17 PM
My husband and I rode Storm Runner three times when we were there, and we really enjoyed it. It tied for first place (with Lightning Racer) for our favorite ride in the park. We rode once in the front, once in the second seat and once in the middle. The view from the front is great, but if the wait is too long for your taste, try the second row. The even numbered rows are set a little higher...sort of like stadium seating in a theater.

Great Bear was a fun coaster, but it can't compare with Alpengeist. It does make that awesome roaring noise, though!

As far as the chocolate smell, I think it must depend a lot on wind direction. The first evening we were there, we did not really notice any chocolate smell in the park, but the second day it was pretty strong. At first we thought the factory was closed during the evening, but we learned later on the trolley tour through town that the factory operates 24 hours a day.

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